Question about movie music rights..............

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Declan, Jul 23, 2003.

  1. Declan

    Declan Second Unit

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    I'm doing a documentry for the local museum. It's basically all old cine films from 1930's to 60's. I want to do an opening title sequence for it. The only snag is that the music I want to use is Thomas Newmans opening track to Road To Perdition. I dont know if the doc will be put on sale or if it will be a freebie handed out to people. So the question is about rights. Because it is such a very low key thing would I have to buy rights from dreamworks to use the track, I keep on hearing tracks from Gladiator and Signs on the local TV station to advertise certain programs, so I wonder how they get away with it, or do they buy the rights. I would be editing it down as well (the music that is) to fit a certain time frame. So would that have any bearing on it either. Sorry i'm not the best when it comes to this stuff..........I just leave it to the suits. [​IMG]


    Anyway......... any advice on this will be appreciated.[​IMG]
     
  2. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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  3. Peter Kline

    Peter Kline Cinematographer

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    Broadcasting of music (new and prerecorded) on radio and tv stations is covered by contracts those outlets have with ASCAP and BMI, the main music licensing firms. Stations pay a yearly fee for unlimited use of pre-recorded music. Your use is different and would need to be cleared with DreamWorks or the label that released the soundtrack CD. Using music without permission is a violation of the copyright laws. Contact the company that released the CD and talk to them.
     
  4. Declan

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    thanks guys.

     
  5. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    Don't email them, call them. Sorry I don't have a number, but if you can find someone with the LA Blue Book that'll have it
     

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